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New Mexico Land Conservancy

Helping people conserve the places they love.


Conservation easements protect:


Helping ensure that our watersheds remain whole and healthy – filtering and replenishing – and that precious, life-giving rivers, streams and other water flows are protected.


Helping protect the natural resources that wildlife depend on: water, habitat, and open space for their migratory corridors and flyways. After all, wildlife – and nature, in general – doesn’t recognize property lines!

Working Lands    

Helping ranchers and farmers keep their properties whole and their heritage preserved, providing food and protecting New Mexico’s open space for public benefit.

Our Vision: One Million Acres Conserved!

Goal: 1,000,000 acres!

324,810 total acres conserved!

Land Conservation protects water, too!

Land conservation can play a critical role in ensuring that our watersheds remain whole and healthy. New Mexico Land Conservancy efforts have led to:

Conservation of:

of seasonal waterways

.. . . and an additional:

of perennial rivers and streams
Total acres as of January 31, 2021



Conserving land. Preserving heritage.

Our goal is to preserve New Mexico’s unique and diverse land heritage for conservation purposes and the benefit of local communities, the public, and future generations.

For Love of the Land

Latest News

Seeking a Conservation Specialist

NMLC seeks an enthusiastic and self-motivated Conservation Specialist to work closely with the Southern New Mexico Program Manager, to assist with the organization’s land and water protection efforts across southern New Mexico. Based in Silver City, NM.

Click READ MORE for full job description. Application deadline: January 31, 2021.

Nick’s New Mexico Photo Journal | Part 2

Our summer stewardship intern, Nick Jacobson, spent most of his assignment out on the land in New Mexico. He often camped, sometimes fished, drove a lot, and shot many photographs for us from the field. The images presented here, combined with Nick’s words, offer a view of New Mexico as seen by someone for the first time. Enjoy Part 2 of Nick’s photographic tour of our uniquely beautiful and diverse state.

We Did It!

We are proud to announce that the New Mexico Land Conservancy (NMLC) has been awarded renewed accreditation for the next five years, 2020-2024, from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent panel of professionals who conduct an extensive review of the policies, programs and practices of each land trust applicant.

“As the only statewide land trust in New Mexico, the volume of work we’re doing now, compared to the last five years of our first accreditation, makes this renewal even more significant,” said NMLC’s Executive Director, Scott Wilber. “We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous renewal process.”

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